Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The open access eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM) provides a platform for all those interested in discussing issues and challenges democratic societies face today.

It promotes contributions within an emerging science of the information age following the highest standards of peer review. It is a journal that focuses on

  • Policy and Legislation
  • Political Science
  • Business Information Technology
  • Business and Economy
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Usability
  • eDemocracy
  • eSociety
  • eGovernment
  • eParticipation
  • eVoting

with a special interest in critical studies in these thematic fields. Papers should present findings in relation to democratic usability and encourage user centred thinking in a global, sustainable and participatory information society.

It is the journal´s mission to encourage transdisciplinarity, unconventional ideas and multiple perspectives, and connect leading thinkers and young scholars in inspiring reflections. JEDEM is an innovative journal that welcomes submissions from all disciplines and approaches. We publish theoretical, practical and empirical research.

Besides peer-reviewed papers, we publish reflections on current issues, reviews of books, comments on articles, discussions, interviews, etc that are related to the journal's mission. We aim to foster discourse, so feedback for reflections is welcome. Please note that also all published articles can be commented by readers. (Please first register as a reader and then use the "add comment" section that is visible at the right-hand side of the abstract of a paper.)

 

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Papers

Papers invited by the editors. Will be reviewed by the editors.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Research Papers

Research in progress or completed. Will be peer-reviewed anonymously.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Project Descriptions

Focus on practitioners. Will be reviewed by the editors.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Reflections

Literature reviews, comments, discussions, and interviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Special Issue

Articles submitted for a current call for papers. Will be peer-reviewed anonymously.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Issue: Research Papers

Research papers submitted for a current call for papers. Research in progress or completed. Will be peer-reviewed anonymously

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Issue: Invited Papers

Papers submitted for a current call for papers. Will be reviewed by the guest editors.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Special Issue: Project Descriptions

Focus on practitioners. Will be reviewed by the guest editors.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Special Issue: Reflections

Literature reviews, comments, discussions, and interviews. Reviewed by guest editors.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

JeDEM offers two types of reviewing: double-blind and editorial reviews. Double-blind reviewing will be applied on submitted scientific papers and case studies, whereas project descriptions will be allocated to editorial reviews. Reflections (reviews, comments, discussions, interviews) are not peer-reviewed. Please select the section "Reflections" when submitting.

The typical articles publication process is:
  • An author submits a paper to our journal;
  • The managing editor assigns two reviewers;
  • Reviewers submit their reports and recommendations;
  • The editors take a decision based on the submitted manuscript and the submitted recommendations;
  • The managing editor informs the author about the decision and forwards the reviews;
  • If the author is asked to make changes, the paper can be resubmitted. If the paper is not suitable for JeDEM or contains fatal errors, the paper will be rejected and cannot be resubmitted;
  • Either the paper is accepted, or the author is asked to make minor revisions before acceptance, or the author is asked to make major revisions and resubmit the article for a second review, or the paper is rejected due to fatal errors that cannot be corrected or the topic is unsuitable for JeDEM;
  • If the paper is accepted, the author is asked to layout the paper according to our guidelines (references, citations, format, etc.) if the author has not done so in the first place;
  • The paper is published as soon as we receive the author’s final version. Publication is instantaneous and there is no holding time as in traditional journal publishing.

 

 

Publication Frequency

JeDEM is published twice a year.

One issue per year is a compilation of the best papers from CeDEM, the international Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government at the Danube University Krems, Austria. Only invited authors may contribute.

The second special issue will provide an open call on a specific topic related to the focus of JeDEM edited by invited guest editors. We encourage authors to contribute to the open submission phase.

 

Open Access Policy

JeDEM provides full open access to its authors and readers. Publishing with and reading JeDEM is free of charge.

We ask authors to register with JeDEM to manage the publishing process. Authors play an active role in the publishing process and take full responsibility for using the layout template and proofreading their submissions. As editor we maintain the right not to publish papers that do not meet our quality standards.

To gain all benefits of the JeDEM community we recommend readers to register with JeDEM.